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Don’t forget that tomorrow is the 25th anniversary of Nirvana’s Nevermind album, which was originally released on September 24, 1991! What existential musings that anniversary prompts! On Monday, our own Nick Farr will be providing his detailed thoughts on the anniversary and its meaning to him all of these years later. Don’t miss it!

Bruce Springsteen’s new memoirs, Born To Run, arrives in stores this week! We’re on it!

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We here at Abnormal Use and Gallivan, White, & Boyd, P.A. is pleased to announce that Greenville attorney Duffie Powers and Columbia attorneys Grayson Smith and Breon Walker have been chosen as “Rising Stars Under 40” by Benchmark Litigation.

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So you know that we are huge Bruce Springsteen fans, and so we must direct your attention to Caryn Rose’s “All 314 Bruce Springsteen Songs, Ranked From Worst to Best.” Dig in, folks, and be prepared to quibble. Of course, we would have placed “Thunder Road” at number one at “Backstreets” at number two, but that’s just us.

Five years ago this month, we published our obituary of R.E.M., which had then just announced its break-up. If you’d like to revisit that sad piece, you can do so by clicking here.

We here at Abnormal Use and Gallivan, White, & Boyd, P.A. welcome new attorneys Ashley Stratton and Jordan Crapps to the firm! Both will be working from our Columbia office.

For our favorite legal tweet of the week, we turn to the fierce debate over how many spaces belong after a period in the modern era. What do you think?

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With no headphone jack, how can we purchase the new iPhone? This is an ethical dilemma indeed!

Our editor, Jim Dedman, has planned the Mecklenburg County Bar’s second annual Halloween CLE event. Called “Ghosts, Graves, and The Occasional Murder House: A Halloween CLE,” the event takes place in Charlotte, North Carolina on October 19. For more information, please click here.

Tomorrow is the 25th anniversary of the release of Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit” single.

How long has it been since you revisited our Stella Liebeck McDonald’s hot coffee case FAQ?

Yesterday, we published the second post in Stuart Mauney’s “12 Steps Toward Fulfillment in the Practice of Law” series. If you’ve not been reading it, we’d encourage you to do so. A new post comes each Thursday.

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Yesterday, we ran “12 Steps Toward Fulfillment in the Practice of Law (Step 1),” the first of a twelve part series by our own Stuart Mauney. That’s right, a 12 part series! Come back each Thursday for the next two months and we’ll keep you posted.

Are we the only one’s that don’t hate Jefferson Starship’s biggest single?

Did you see that Lindsay Lohan’s lawsuit against the makers of Grant Theft Auto was dismissed? We previously wrote about the suit here and here.

Of course, we are saddened by the death of beloved actor Gene Wilder. We can’t even begin to speculate how many times we saw Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory in the 1980’s Just as Michael Keaton is our Batman, Wilder is our Wonka. Rest in peace, Mr. Wilder.

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Believe it or not, but tomorrow is the 25th anniversary of the release of Pearl Jam’s Ten, the band’s debut album which arrived in stores on August 27, 1991. Those were the days. More than a few of us here at Abnormal Use and Gallivan, White, & Boyd, P.A. have seen the band live over the years. We encourage everyone to spend just a bit of this weekend revisiting that album and its very fine songs “Alive” and “Black.” Early 1990’s alternative rock doesn’t get much better than that.

GWB attorney and current IADC President John T. Lay, Jr. was recently quoted in an article concerning a growing trend in the legal profession: Level Insurance.  If you’d like to read the article, please click here.

Don’t forget that you can follow us on Twitter at @GWBLawfirm! A number of our writers are also on Twitter, as well, including Jim Dedman (@JimDedman), Nick Farr (@NAFarr), Kyle White (@Kyle_J_White), and of course, Stuart Mauney (@StuartMauney).

One of us here at Abnormal Use is moving soon, and in light of that, our favorite tweet of the week comes from music critic Steven Hyden.

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More than five years ago, we here at Abnormal Use compiled a list of songs about lawyers and judges. It was quite a feat! If you’re feeling nostalgic or wish to cite to a song about expert witnesses, revisit that list here!

Congratulations to GWB’s Greg Sloan who has been elected Eastern Regional Vice President for the National Association of Railroad Trial Counsel.  The Eastern Region is the largest region of the NARTC with 25 states.

Okay, so who has watched “Stranger Things” on Netflix?

Our favorite tweet of late, from our own Stuart Mauney, deals with the perils of email and vacation.

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So, we’re only somewhat excited by the release of Suicide Squad, which seems both intriguing and silly at the same time. We remember the comic book from the 1980’s, and although we here at Abnormal Use may have owned an issue or two, we don’t remember reading them. In fact, our editor most definitely owned 1987’s Suicide Squad #1, the cover of which is depicted above. But we just don’t know if we can bring ourselves to see the new film at the theaters. Alas, as they say.

We are told that today is the 50th anniversary of the release of Revolver by The Beatles. Can you imagine that five decades ago a band released such gems as “She Said, She Said,” “Eleanor Rigby,” and “For No One” all on the same album? That’s an amazing feat.

Our favorite legal tweet of late comes from our own John Cuttino, and you can probably guess why.

 

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We here at Abnormal Use are very pleased to announce that our own Mills Gallivan has been named President of the Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel (FDCC) with his term as President ending in July of 2017. As you may recall, Mills has authored a post or three here at Abnormal Use, and you can view the archive of his contributions by clicking here.

To all of this week’s weary takers of state bar examinations, get some rest.

So who’s seen Star Trek Beyond? Any thoughts? We must confess we enjoyed it, and once some time has passed, we may offer some thoughts about the usage of popular music in the film. But, dear readers, this is a spoiler free zone, so we will share no more details here at this time.

Our favorite legal tweet of the week references a feeling we too experience:

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Okay, so we here at Abnormal Use saw the new Ghostbusters film last night, and we can report that we enjoyed it! Funny, for the most part, and save for the wholly typical big budget action climax at the film’s end, the film worked! In fact, the only cringeworthy moments were the cameos of the members of the original cast (which seemed awkward, forced, and generally inconsistent with the other portions of the film). Our recommendation: Go see it. Above, to celebrate the release of the new film and the renewal of the franchise, we’ve appended the cover of Ghostbusters #1, published not so long ago in 2011.

Congratulations to our own John T. Lay, who has been elected president of the International Association of Defense Counsel (IADC)! For more information on that news, please see here.

Did you read Keith Lee’s “Is PokemonGo Illegal?” blog post this week? Speaking of which, our favorite legal tweet of the week is Pokemon related:

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Did you see that Steven Adler, the former Guns N’ Roses drummer, played with Axl Rose and Slash for the first time since 1990? How about that?

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Best Lawyers published its Spring 2016 Business Edition this month. In this edition, Best Lawyers printed its inaugural directory of “Women in the Law.” Our Greenville attorneys Debbie Brown, Stephanie Flynn, and Jennifer Johnsen were honored in this edition with listings. For more information, please see here.

Our favorite legal tweet of late comes from our editor, who recently wished the Overlawyered blog a happy 17th birthday